The Kegalle Magistrate’s Court today (2) rejected the bail application made on behalf of the police officers who were arrested over the Rambukkana shooting.
The former Kegalle SSP was taken into custody by the CID in Colombo on the 28th of April while three other 3 police personnel were arrested at Kundasale in Kandy.
The Rambukkana protests erupted over delayed petrol deliveries and sharp new price increases in petrol and diesel announced on Monday (18).
On Tuesday, the 19th of April 2022, demonstrators blocked main roads and a railway line.
Police began directing tear gas at thousands of protesters in the afternoon and then suddenly, without warning, opened fire with live rounds.
Chaminda Lakshan, a 40-year-old father of two from Naranbedda, a village near Rambukkana, was shot. He died soon after being admitted to Kegalle hospital.